Fredericton, NB - On August 28, 2014 the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce presented its inaugural post-secondary scholarship to Alison Patterson.

Alison graduated from Leo Hayes High School in June and is now enrolled at Dalhousie University, with a view to ultimately become a pharmacist. In addition to being a high academic achiever, Alison has been involved with athletics, her church’s youth ministry, the Canadian Cancer Society and in various mentoring roles, included volunteer tutoring and Leo Hayes’ ‘Best Buddy’ program.

“At the chamber, we are thrilled to award Alison our very first post-secondary scholarship,” said Krista Ross, chamber CEO. “See was obviously very impressive on paper, but since also getting to meet her, it is clear that she has a bright future. She is unusually mature and has demonstrated a deep commitment to her school and community.”

The chamber’s scholarship program was established in 2013 and is administered by the Fredericton Community Foundation.

“Our board of directors decided to establish this scholarship fund for several reasons,” added Ross. “First, it is a tangible recognition that education is a critical component of our economy and business conditions. Second, we see ourselves as both a business group and a community organization, so this initiative fits well into both of those mandates. Finally, it is one more benefit for our members and their employees to add to a wide variety of advantages of chamber membership.”

The chamber’s one-time, non-renewable scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis, with applications opening in the Spring and closing on the last Friday in May each year.

With more than 900 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.

Contact: Krista Ross, CEO – (506) 458-8006

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Pictured are chamber president, Joseph O’Donnell and scholarship recipient, Alison Patterson. The scholarship was awarded at the chamber’s 25th annual golf tournament on August 28, 2014.